Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute

 

November 3, 2016        Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Martin de Porres

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians (3:3-8a)

Brothers and sisters:
We are the circumcision,
we who worship through the Spirit of God,
who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in flesh,
although I myself have grounds for confidence even in the flesh.

If anyone else thinks he can be confident in flesh, all the more can I.
Circumcised on the eighth day,
of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,
a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage,
in observance of the law a Pharisee,
in zeal I persecuted the Church,
in righteousness based on the law I was blameless.

But whatever gains I had,
these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.
More than that, I even consider everything as a loss
because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Reflect: In writing to the Philippians, St. Paul makes a strong profession of faith: “I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” In other words, he is saying: “Life is Christ Jesus; in him I live and move and have my being. I seek only Jesus and his ways.” He isn’t willing to let anything else get in the way of his relationship with Jesus.  His priority is Jesus Christ and nothing else comes close. Saint Martin de Porres, who the Church commemorates today, was a mulatto born in Lima, Peru. He was at the bottom of the social ladder, but loved Jesus so much that he put himself in service of others: attending to the poor, the hungry, the slaves. He was admitted to the Dominican friars only by exception, but lived a life of exceptional love of Jesus through the poor; seeking nothing else but Jesus his Lord and Savior.

Is Jesus Christ my priority? Do I seek him and his ways above everything, or do I grab all I can from the world around me and then turn to Jesus after I’m full from everything else? Do I seek to do direct service to people in need (feeding the hungry, comforting the oppressed, welcoming the stranger or refugee, etc.) as a way of putting my faith in action?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to humbly seek you and your ways before anything else; and the courage to serve you through serving people in need.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Martin de Porres: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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